Monthly Archives: October 2016

Fall Pod 2016

So I have been picking a small number of clothing each season and dressing from just these pieces for a year.  It has been w o n d e r f u l!

What I like:

+Easy to get dressed every morning and easy to put clothing away at night. A lot less stress.

+I am rotating clothing with each pod so I am wearing a larger number of pieces of my wardrobe than before.

+Its fun to put this together each season – gets me thinking about the changing of the seasons plus travel and entertaining that is up coming!

So here is what I picked for the fall pod- a total of 32 items ( I go up to 35 so this lets me still include something I will realize later that I really need). This will be my basics October-December.

  1. Shirts –   plus a black and a white shell. 

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2. Skirts, dresses and pants –  plus black pants, 2 black skirts, a black and white dress.

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3.Jackets and sweaters -plus two black sweaters and a long vest.

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4. Shoes – plus a pair of brown pumps. 

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Fall dressing for me is about color and textures and not the warmth of the clothing (cause in point: it almost 80 degrees today!). My pod is more skirts than pants, so if you are trying this you’ll need to adapt to what works with your lifestyle.

Happy Fall!

 

 

Adding in an Evening Ritual

This year one of my successes has been my morning ritual.  I get up by 6:30 AM, walk, meditate/pray, write and jump into the day.  It has worked well to have my standard plan even if there are times I travel or a too late night keeps me from perfectly following my ritual.  It is simple: walk, pray, write, get ready for the day.

This last week I began an evening ritual.  I get home by 7PM, have time with my husband Jeff, take a bath and listen to music, meditate/pray and read before going to bed by 10 PM.  What I am loving is having a clear plan lets me focus on family, self-care and learning – three essentials for me.  Of course, I won’t do this 100% of the time, but knowing it is my “usual” is very freeing.

What gives your life form and rhythm?

 

Fall Reflection Pt 1 – Small Groups from Church of the Resurrection Downtown

Small groups where people develop their faith have been the bedrock of Methodism. We began not as churches but as a movement of small groups.

Today less than half of our churches have small groups. Why? One reason is that we are too busy in committee meetings. I experienced this recently when I was told that a church with which I was working did have small groups-they were called the Trustees, SPRC and the Ad Council. I smiled. Committees can certainly be places for community, but their focus on running the church and this is fundamentally different from small groups whose work is to grow people.

I’d love to move back to a small group model, but how? Those who are working to address this are finding it isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. So what is working, especially in non-suburban contexts?

I have thought about this and one of my key takeaways from this fall’s COR Leadership Conference is around small groups.

At Church of the Resurrection, Rev. Scott Chrostek shared how they have tweaked small groups on their campus (Downtown).  They use a Community Group model which is a feeder to a more in-depth small group experience.

Here is how it works: Every two weeks a new entry point (Community Group) is offered. This could be a one-time event or a 4-week course.  The topics are taught by laity who are excited to share what they know.  Past examples have included: The Enneagram, Parenting Teens, Living a Health Lifestyle, etc. These Community Groups offer a fun, interesting and limited way to connect and learn.

The benefit? If you are new to the church, you are never more than a week away from another group.  This enables people to get connected and find friends early.  It takes seriously that when people first attend, they are looking to get connected.

At the end of the Community group, small groups are offered.  These follow a set curriculum (for the first 6 weeks) but then move into more age-level, interest area, materials. You could join one with your new Community group friends, attend another Community group (maybe you aren’t ready for a small group or don’t connect with those in your group). Either way, new comers are meeting new people, learning and getting connected.  And, Community Groups aren’t just for learning, they can be a service opportunity as well.

Scott shared that they had tried other models (like putting people in small groups right away) but that didn’t work.  He also shared that this was a model that reflected their being about 200 in worship but that it could be adapted (for example, you could start a Community Group model every month or every 3 weeks).  And, since the groups are lay-led this model has the added benefit of growing leadership and connecting new people to laity and not only clergy.

If you are looking to begin small groups this fall, you might want to start with the Community Group model and see if it works for you.

Next Week: Helping new Christians (and others) grow in their understanding of the Bible.